September 3, 2018

Midwest News & Roundup - Week 1

By BJ Pheasant

Welcome to the Midwest News & Review. I will highlight women's NCAA D3 soccer games in the Midwest area (comprised of the Great Lakes, Central, and North Regions). National importance will be followed by regional importance and towards the end of the season conference considerations will crop up. Time is limited so I exercise judgement on notable games to report each week. My editors make me look good; thank you.

Week 1 Notes

The College of Wooster women's soccer team got the 2018 season underway giving Head Coach Geordie Brown his 300th career win in the opening game. Congratulations!

The column is starting out the opening weekend of the 2018 season with news and review based on the final regular season rankings from 2017.

NORTH REGION

1. UW-La Crosse 1-1-0

The Eagles had an exciting 2017 season beating UW-Whitewater in the WIAC tournament final in a shootout. They beat Wash U. 2-1 in the Sweet 16 before falling to national finalist Chicago in the Elite 8. In 2018 they opened the season by traveling to Virginia to play two tough games against Christopher Newport and Virginia Wesleyan. They lost the first and won the second for a split. They host Illinois Wesleyan at 1pm on Saturday, September 8 in a game to watch next week.

2. Loras 1-1-0

The 2017 season saw Loras as ARC (formerly IIAC) champions and they reached the second round of the NCAA tournament falling to Wheaton (IL). They opened the 2018 season by hosting Wash U. and UW-Eau Claire. The Duhawks fell to the Bears and beat the Blugold. They host St. Thomas on Tuesday, September 4 at 5pm in a game to watch for next week.

3. Wartburg 2-0-0

In 2017 the Knights lost in the ARC conference semifinals, but made the NCAA tournament as an at-large. They lost in the first round to St. Thomas 0-1. They opened the 2018 season with a pair of victories on the road at Macalester and UW-River Falls. They have three games packed into the next week with two of those on the road.

4. UW-Whitewater 1-1-0

The Warhawks lost to UW-La Crosse in the WIAC tournament final in a shootout and in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Hope to finish the 2017 season. In 2018 they opened the season at home with a victory over Millikin on Friday and traveled to Ohio to play Wittenberg and succumbed 0-3. Their next notable game is at 8pm on Saturday, September 8 at Concordia Wisconsin (who played in an exciting 9 goal game in the opening weekend) in a game to watch next week.

5. St. Thomas 1-1-0

In 2017 the Tommies lost in the MIAC conference semifinals, but made the NCAA tournament as an at-large. They fell in the second round to UW-La Crosse. To open the 2018 season they traveled to Maryland and played Wheaton (IL) and lost with a respectable 0-2 score line. They followed that with a convincing 4-0 victory over Salem. They play three games next week with two qualifying as games to watch, perhaps the toughest Week 2 in the Midwest. The first game is at Loras on Tuesday, September 4 at 5pm, then they host Northland on Saturday and travel to UW-La Crosse for a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament game on Sunday, September 9th at 4pm.

6. Augsburg 0-2-0

In 2017, the Auggies were MIAC regular season champions before being upset in the conference semifinals and missing out on a NCAA berth. They opened the 2018 season with two tough games. They hosted Cal Lutheran (lost to NCAA D-III champion, Williams in the Sweet 16 in 2017) and lost 0-1 on Friday. Then Augsburg hosted Wash U. and fell 0-2 on Sunday. They have two games next week and quickly jump into the conference schedule.

7. Coe 1-1-0

The Kohawks 2017 season ended in the opening round of the conference tournament. In 2018 they traveled to Grinnell and were victorious then returned home on Sunday and put up a close game against Albion with shots being 13(6) to 10(4) in favor of the Britons.

8. Central 0-1-0

The Dutch lost in the first round of the ARC conference tournament in 2017. In 2018 they opened with one game hosting Albion and lost 0-1. Their next notable game is in two weeks.

GREAT LAKES REGION

1. Carnegie Mellon 1-0-1

The Tartans exited the 2017 season in the round of 16 against Final Four participant Hardin-Simmons 0-1. They hosted their traditional 2018 opening weekend tournament with a 6-2 win (despite giving up 2 goals to Shenandoah) and a surprising 1-1 come-from-behind draw against Washington and Lee. The Tartans outshot the Generals 23(14) to 10(5). Carnegie plays at Lynchburg at 3pm on Saturday, September 8 in a game to watch next week.

2. Ohio Northern 0-2-0

Had the surprise run in the National tournament in 2017 and beat William Smith in the round of 16 while losing to Final Four participant Hardin-Simmons, 0-1, in the Elite Eight. They started the 2018 season at the tough Illinois Wesleyan Invite against Hope and Illinois Wesleyan. Unfortunately the Polar Bears did not do well in the sweltering summer heat and lost both. Of course, they lost their opening game last year and look how that turned out. Their next notable game is in two weeks.

3. Franklin 1-0-0

The first time HCAC conference champions in 2017 found the NCAA tournament to be tough losing in the first round 1-3 to Arcadia (MAC Commonwealth tournament champs after upsetting Messiah in the conference tournament finals). They had only one game on the opening weekend and made the most of it traveling to Wisconsin and winning 5-4 over Concordia (Wis.). The Grizzlies jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Falcons rallied to even the score 2-2 at the half. CUW scored two more to take a 4-2 lead. Franklin went on to score three unanswered to take the match led by junior Jaylynn Gorman's career day with four goals. They travel to Saint Louis next weekend playing Fontbonne (SLIAC) on Saturday and Wash U. (UAA) on Sunday, September 9 at 5:30pm in a game to watch.

4. Thomas More 0-2-0

The Saints are out of the PAC after the 2017 season and join the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) for the 2018 season, which is also their final season at NCAA D-III level as they move to NAIA competition in 2019. It has been a tough time for the TMC players after losing an all-time great coach (top 10 NCAA career winning percentage) in Jeff Cummings after the 2016 season. In 2017 they lost their first regular season conference game in six years and the Saints lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years (Messiah, Williams and TMC were the only three teams to make it to the tournament's second weekend the previous four years in a row). Entering the 2018 season they have another new coach. Opening weekend was at the Penn State-Behrend tournament where they lost both contests, to Otterbein (OAC) and to Baldwin Wallace (OAC). Their next notable game is Friday, September 7th at Wheaton (IL) at 7pm in a game to watch.

5. Capital 1-0-0

They ended the 2017 season it the OAC conference tournament finals against ONU. The Crusaders had one opening weekend game and convincingly beat Wittenberg 4-1 at home outshooting their guests 14(8) to 6(3). They are at Thomas More on Wednesday, September 5th and their next notable game is in two weeks.

6. Mount St. Joseph 2-0-0

They ended the 2017 season in the HCAC conference tournament finals against Franklin. The Lions hosted Alma (MIAA) and Mount Union (OAC) on the opening weekend and came away with two solid wins to open their 2018 campaign. Their next notable game is in two weeks.

7. Otterbein 2-0-0

The Cardinals ended the 2017 season int the OAC conference tournament against ONU in a shootout. Their opening weekend was at the Penn State Behrend tournament beating Thomas More and Penn State Behrend. Their next notable game is Saturday, September 8th at Centre at 1pm.

8. Kenyon 1-0-0

The Ladies’ 2017 season ended in the NCAC conference tournament finals against Wittenberg. They only one game on the opening weekend and beat Case Western Reserve at home 2-1. Their next notable game is in two weeks.

CENTRAL REGION

1. Chicago 1-0-0

The Maroons made the NCAA tournament in 2017 as an at-large selection and progressed all the way through the tournament before falling in the national championship game. They opened the 2018 season by strolling through their opening opponent, Whitman 5-0 Their next notable game is in two weeks.

2. Washington U. 2-0-0

The Bears won the automatic qualifier from the UAA conference and lost in the round of 16 to UW-La Crosse in 2017. To open the 2018 season, they went on the road to face Loras and Augsburg emerging victorious in both games. Their next notable game is in two weeks.

3. Wheaton (Ill.) 2-0-0

In 2017 the Thunder won the CCIW conference tournament and lost in the round of 16 to Chicago. Over Labor Day weekend, they traveled to Maryland and faced St. Thomas and Salisbury. Both were clean sheet W’s in the ledger, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. Their next notable game is Friday, September 7th hosting Thomas More at 7pm in a game to watch.

4. Illinois Wesleyan 1-1-0

The Titans lost in the CCIW tournament but gained an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA tourney. They advanced to the second round losing to Ohio Northern. The 2018 season opens with a new coaching staff as Head Coach Dave Barrett departed for a D1 head coaching position and longtime assistant Ian Wilson also took a head coaching position. Their challenging opening weekend saw them lose to Hope 1-2 but rebound over ONU 3-0 for a spot of revenge for their 2017 tournament ousting. They have two notable games next weekend as they travel to UW-La Crosse and Luther on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday 5pm respectively in games to watch next week.

5. Hope 2-0-0

The 2017 season saw the Flying Dutch emerge as MIAA champions, but fall to Chicago in the second round. The 2018 season opened brightly with wins over Illinois Wesleyan and Ohio Northern. Their next notable game is in two weeks.

6. Adrian 0-2-0

A loss in the MIAA conference tournament ended their 2017 season. The Bulldogs opened 2018 on the road as they traveled to The College of Wooster and Grove City only to return empty handed. They have three difficult road matches next week, at Kenyon, and at the Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase against Roanoke on Saturday, and finish against Lynchburg Sunday

 


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Midwest News & Round Up

 

Midwest News & Roundup provides coverage of Division III women's soccer throughout the states bordering on the Great Lakes. All the NCAA Great Lakes region is included as well as Michagan, Illinois and Wisconsin all with at least a few teams from the Central and North regions. The "Midwest" contains eleven conferences and Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Chicago from the UAA. The MIAA, WIAC, CCIW, OAC and the NCAC are some of the top conferences in this geography. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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BJ Pheasant

 

Contributor turned Columnist BJ Pheasant has significant D3 experience with women's soccer throughout the midwest as a coach for the past nine years. With experience ranging from successful rebuilding projects to nationally ranked teams with a post season pedigree he is excited to spotlight happenings in the Great Lakes region on a weekly basis to help players, parents and fans of D3 soccer be knowledgeable about the sport and competition. [see full bio]

 

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